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NPA 2021-12

New air mobility | Subtask 2 — Gyroplanes: Flight crew licensing for private pilot licences and non-commercial operations conducted in visual flight rules by day and by night
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The objective of this rulemaking task (RMT) is to support the development of new technologies and non-traditional aircraft, as well as the competitiveness of the EU industry in this regard. Subtask 2 of this RMT addresses gyroplanes. 

According to Article 2(1)(a) and (b) and Annex I point 1(f) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, gyroplanes with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of more than 600 kg or with more than 2 seats fall within the scope of the common European rules in the field of civil aviation.

EASA has identified a lack of suitable European rules for the operation of such gyroplanes. This hinders both their introduction and operation, thus putting the competitiveness of the EU industry that is willing to develop such gyroplanes at a major disadvantage.

Therefore, this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) proposes new rules with regard to flight crew licensing and the operation of gyroplanes, thereby ensuring a uniform application of the essential requirements of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 to such aircraft. The proposed amendments to existing rules, as well as the proposed new rules, concern the following domains:

  • flight crew licensing for private pilot licences (PPL), and
  • operational rules for non-commercial operations (NCO) conducted in visual flight rules (VFR) by day and by night.